Acts of God - A Christian Science perspective from The Christian Science Monitor

Extreme weather is not ‘an act of God.’ 

In the wake of recent massive flooding in Texas, West Africa, South Asia, and many parts of Europe, the term “acts of God” might be coming to many minds. The term is commonly used in the insurance industry and in news reports about natural disasters. It even appears in governmental policies and procedures. Anything that wreaks destruction through forces of nature, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, or floods, may be characterized as “an act of God.” Although many may accept the term as simply a convenient means of designating certain types of disasters for the purposes of insurance or legal claims, there’s little question that others see such havoc as quite literally God’s hand at work, punishing His wayward children. Read more on

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